Dean – Learning Design

Job Roles:
Head of Department - schools related roles
Organisation Type:
Secondary Education
Secondary School/Academy
Contract Type:
Full Time
Subject Area:
Art and Design
Contract Term:
Salary Description:
Circa £60,000 - £64,000 (plus £3,000 London weighting if applicable)
14th Sep 2018
Start Date:
Ambition School Leadership
Job Ref:

Dean – Learning Design - Closing date – 30th September 2018
Circa £60,000 - £64,000 plus £3,000 LW (If applicable)
London, Birmingham, Manchester (with occasional travel to our other offices)

We are delighted that you're interested in this role - it couldn't be a more exciting time to join us. We are a new organisation formed out of the merger of Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching.

We know that great teaching and school leadership are the most powerful levers for transforming children’s outcomes. Effective leaders set the culture and create the conditions for improvements in teacher expertise, and expert teachers can close the attainment gap. Yet too much professional development for teachers and school leaders is low-quality, generic and fragmented.

Our new organisation, launching in Spring 2019, will have a single focus: to help teachers and school leaders to keep getting better. We think that this is the best way to make sure that every pupil, regardless of their background, gets a great education.

We will be the largest teaching and school leadership development provider in England, with more than ten years of collective experience working with everyone from new teachers to multi-academy trust CEOs and all of the roles in between.

We are looking for an exceptional individual to join our team as the Dean - Learning Design. This is an exciting, demanding role that will give the post-holder an opportunity to have system-wide impact. It is a leadership team post within our Programmes Division.

You will be accountable for the design of all programmes ensuring that they are high quality and aligned with our education model. You will also undertake some direct facilitation on those programmes as required. As a Dean within the Learning Design Team you will manage a team of Associate Deans - Learning Design, act as an external voice for the organisation when required, deputise for your Executive Director when required and take on wider leadership responsibilities across the organisation.

In order to excel in this role, the post-holder will be a global expert in at least one model linked to teacher, school and executive leadership development and can use those models to lead the creation of programmes that lead to transformative improvements in pupil outcomes. Ideally the post holder will also have been a very effective teacher or leader within a school serving a low income community. They will be a credible professional, both internally and externally, have strong facilitation and coaching skills, and have experience of managing a large and complex team and its budget. The successful candidate will champion our values and embody them in interactions with colleagues and partners.

Our Offer

• Agile working - a dynamic and flexible internal culture that gives employees control over the way they work and supports wellbeing
• A competitive annual leave entitlement - 25 days plus bank holidays
• A generous employer pension contribution - 11% (10% pension plus 1% NI rebate)
• Competitive salaries rates and life assurance
• Access to interest free season ticket and bike loans, as well as childcare vouchers
• An Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which gives staff confidential support and personalised information and resources when they are experiencing everyday challenges or more serious problems.
• A proactive, positive and progressive approach to team development.

How to Apply

To apply for any of our vacancies please email with the following:

• An up-to-date CV, no more than two pages in length
• A cover letter – up to one page – which must include why you are interested in the role and any dates you are unavailable for interview
• Equality monitoring form appended below.
• We are committed to the safeguarding of children and the most vulnerable in our society, as such we are unable to employ individuals with relevant convictions, and this includes the following: a conviction for an offence involving violence or dishonesty, of a sexual nature or against minors, or for any other offence that is relevant to the nature of the services provided by our newly merged organisation.

Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we receive at this stage we will not be able to contact unsuccessful applicants.

For any questions or queries please email us at

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